Tour: Amritsar & Himachal
Date: 12 - 26 Sep 2020
Duration: 15 Days
A 15 day tour starting with a morning visit to the iconic Golden Temple in Amritsar, before exploring the older parts of the city followed by a trip to a traditional farm stead. From here we head east to McLeod Ganj, the home of the Dalai Lama, where we will experience the daily life of monks as they dash between classes, followed by a day visiting local villages of the Gaddi people who were once shepherding nomads. We then drive east through the brown and mauve cold desert landscape of Spiti Valley (similar to the Altai mountain region of Mongolia). During our time in Spiti we will trek to a 150 foot waterfall, camp overnight at a glacial lake under unpolluted star filled skies, visit the highest inhabited village in Asia, marvel at an ancient Tibetan Buddhist monastery perched atop a 300 ft jagged rock and an even older monastery of cubic mud construction, not dissimilar to a Star Wars movie set. From the earth tones of Spiti, we loop through the Rohtang Pass, which is only open for a few months mid-year and will take us through the lush green valley of Kinnaur, famous for its apple orchards and green velvet hats worn by the locals. Here we will head down the Sangla valley and soak up village life in a more verdant terrain, before ending our tour at Chandigarh airport. Please note that this tour does include visiting high altitude region, if your have been trekking or skiing previously at high altitudes then it is likely your body will adapt naturally, if you haven't been at high altitudes before and you'd like to learn more email in a message for further info. Please also note this tour is off the beaten track in places, so accommodation is basic, but to a good standard near the airport at the start and end of the tour, and with in the larger towns. If this sounds like your kind of tour and you would like to read a more detailed itinerary click on the itinerary button below.
Who are these tours for?:
These tours are suitable for all those who enjoy travelling and taking photographs. Whether you are a photography enthusiast looking for a tour built around maximising photographic opportunities and arriving before the crowds or a travel enthusiast, who has previously felt your photographs didn’t reflect your experience and are interested in exploring photography to enhance your travel ventures.
Type of tour:
These tours are a combination of a culturally immersive and a photo-centric tour, which will not only take you to key sites, but also for walks through local markets, historical districts and artisan communities to give you a sense of history and local life. For photography enthusiasts they cover a broad range of subjects within a compact time frame, including street photography, environmental portraiture, traditional architecture, wildlife and landscapes.
Photography intro (optional):
For beginners who currently photograph using the auto-settings on their camera and are not digitally processing their images, an intro to photographing in semi-manual mode (aperture priority) and digitally processing photographs using Lightroom software is available. The format will be dependant on group size, face to face during the tour for larger groups and online for bespoke or smaller groups.
Max group size: 8
12 incl. partners
For this tour we offer two levels of accommodation, a 1 - 3 Star Rate (budget to standard) and a 3 - 5 Star Rate (standard to premium). For each rate we aim to secure the best available accommodation within our budget and include local heritage hotels where ever possible.
Accommodation (incl. breakfast); All entrance and day excursion fees; Land transportation, driver, local guide and for groups over 4 a second EPT Guide.
International and internal flights to and from the arrival and departure city. Meals and drinks outside of breakfast, visa applications, criteria not listed under 'what's included'.
These tours are relatively fast paced to ensure you experience the highlights of each region, with an average stopover of 2 nights. If you are uncertain about its suitability, we advise reading the itinerary before booking. As quick guidance, so long as you enjoy being active on holiday and taking photographs, you will revel in the visual extravaganza and cultural stimulation of these tours.